divan[di van′; for 1, also di vän′; for 2 & 3, also dī′van′]
- in the Ottoman Empire,
- a council of state or the room in which it was held
- the audience chamber of a government office
- a large, low couch or sofa, usually without armrests or back
- a coffee room, café, or smoking room
Origin of divanTurkish dīwān ; from Persian origin, originally , bundle of written sheets, hence accounts, customhouse, council room, appropriate furniture
- A long backless sofa, especially one set with pillows against a wall.
- a. A counting room, tribunal, or public audience room in Muslim countries.b. The seat used by an administrator when holding audience.c. A government bureau or council chamber.
- A coffeehouse or smoking room.
- A book of poems, especially one written in Arabic or Persian by a single author.
Origin of divanFrench, from Ottoman Turkish dīvān, from Persian, place of assembly, roster, probably from Old Persian *dipivahanam, document house : dipī-, writing, document (from Akkadian &tlowdot;uppu, tablet, letter, from Sumerian dub) + vahanam, house; see wes-1 in Indo-European roots.
- A couch- or sofa-like piece of furniture made of a mattress lying against the wall and either on the floor or an elevated structure.
- (historical) A Muslim council of state, such as that of viziers of the Ottoman Empire that discussed and recommended new laws and law changes to a higher authority (the sultan).
- A collection of poems, especially one written by one author in Arabic or Persian.